October Creating Challenge

Each month I enjoy participating in the Creating Challenge set by the Brilliant Chaos Facebook Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/brilliantchaosonline/

For the October challenge I splurged a whole $2 on a pack of finger paints on a sudden impulse and had a lovely back to childhood time puddling with them. I love the luminous colours and the textures!

But the Twitter birds consider that the Creating Challenge is THEIR activity and wanted to get involved!
As Lisa Lauffer commented:

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The Twitter Birds liked the effects generated by my finger painting and had some ideas about how I had created them but were not quite sure how they could do it themselves.

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They observed that I made the patterns by moving the paint around with my fingers and thought they could achieve similar effects by painting their feet and walking on the cardboard.

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They discover a quicker method of walking through the paint in the roller tray but the Cleaning Crew became anxious that it could prove messy.

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There was a suggestion from my friend Jennifer Grant that the birds could tip pots of paint onto a horizontal surface and scoot through it on their bottoms. Of course Tweetil thought that would be great fun. Retweet and the Cleaning Crew would not let him do it but I would not be surprised to find that he does try it sometime!

And there was a suggestion from brilliant quilter, Gail Blumengarten, to transfer it to fabric and have the Twitter Birds bring me yarn, string, ribbon, etc. scraps that they find and then entwine them all together.  This is being discussed by the Twitter Birds and could be tried soon.

I am not sure exactly how they did it in the end! Somehow the Twitter Birds commandeered some of my completed finger paintings and put their own (foot) marks on them. Then they invited the dignitaries to the showing and there were high fives and cheers of approval.

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New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2012 – TBA Post 4 Part 2

I am very happy to be participating in the New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week blog tour again this year.
For news of the events to be held during New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2012 see http://www.giftednz.org.nz/awareness.html
and for links to all the posts for the blog tour see http://ultranet.giftededucation.org.nz/WebSpace/696/

This is Part 2 of my post on the topic TBA

While Echidna and Kiwi were inspecting Sally-Anne McCormack’s book Stomp out the ANTs Columbus Cheetah took the opportunity to present me with information in the form of Books (B) and Articles (A) about the giftedness related topic closest to his heart – Acceleration (A)

Columbus Cheetah’s choice Books
Radical Acceleration of Highly Gifted Children: An annotated bibliography of international research on highly gifted children who graduate from high school three or more years early by Miraca U.M. Gross PhD and Helen E. van Vliet MBBS M.Teach. Supported by a 2001 grant from the John Templeton Foundation
Published by Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.

Twitter Bird link find of the complete book as a PDF file http://www.templeton.org/pdfs/funding_areas/10112_Final_Rpt_Bibliography.pdf

Iowa Acceleration Scale Manual: A Guide for Whole –Grade Acceleration K-8
The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
Susan Assouline Ph.D., Nicholas Colangelo Ph.D., Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik Ph.D., Jonathan Lipscomb B.A., Leslie Forstadt B.A
Published by Great Potential Press
http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Resources/IAS.aspx

Columbus Cheetah’s favourite articles about Acceleration included several by Lynne Mackenzie-Sykes which he found in the files of articles and the collections of conference handouts in the Gifted Resources library.

Acceleration: an expanded vision c. 1996 Lynne Mackenzie-Sykes

Acceleration: Real-life perspectives Presented to The 12th World Conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children – Connecting the Gifted Community Worldwide Seattle, Washington July 29- August 2, 1997

Acceleration: Real-life perspectives Presented to Maroondah Gifted Children’s Parents’ Assoc on Tuesday 10 October 2000

The Twitter Birds found this one online
http://www.world-gifted.org/sites/default/files/wg-21(1).pdf

I also found a photo of Jennifer Grant reading those articles when she was considering the education of the eldest of her children. Jennifer now speaks to parents and teachers about ‘The Advocacy Journey’ which covers the provisions used for meeting the needs of her exceptionally gifted children ranging from early entry, through enrichment, enhancement and extension to acceleration, radical acceleration, dual enrolment, gifted programs and holiday programs, outside school activities and groups such as choirs and scout groups.

The Twitter Birds found great collections of articles about acceleration at

Les Links Livebinders http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=218888
Hoagies Gifted Education Page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/acceleration.htm

Having presented his selection of resources, Columbus Cheetah was eager to move on.
“Can we go down to the beach and wave now?” he asked
I will admit the idea was very tempting; but Intellectual Dabrowski was giving me the working dog stare and reminding me of the text which I had read only a few hours before
It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfil it. Ecclesiastes 5:5 (NIV)
“Not yet” I said “I still have to write about Twice Exceptional Gifted Students. That will be the theme of the next post.”